ENEOS & Neoen Study for Japan-Australia C02 Free Hydrogen Chain
ENEOS Corporation has concluded a memorandum with Neoen Australia Pty Ltd to conduct a study on potential business collaboration for the construction of a C02-free hydrogen supply chain between Japan and Australia. In the study, the two companies will jointly examine the potential for the stable supply of affordable hydrogen produced from renewable energy in South Australia. Specifically, Neoen will study stable renewable energy supply and water electrolysis cells for hydrogen production. ENEOS will be responsible for more efficient production of methylcyclohexane and maritime transport of MCH as a form of hydrogen storage and transport from Australia to Japan.
South Australia is one of the most developed regions in the world in terms of battery storage infrastructure. In addition, the state government is promoting development of next-generation energy industries, including hydrogen and ammonia, and planning expansion of facilities at its leading port, which is expected to be used as the base for hydrogen export to Japan.
The two companies will actively utilize government support, including the Green Innovation Fund in Japan and the hydrogen hub project in Australia, to achieve early development of a C02-free hydrogen supply chain between Japan and Australia.
In anticipation of a hydrogen-oriented society toward decarbonization, ENEOS is striving to develop a C02-free hydrogen supply chain in Japan and overseas. Outside Japan, the wide range of alliances in Australia, Middle East and Asia are being utilized to implement verification for the realization of a large-scale supply of cost-competitive hydrogen. As a part of these initiatives, ENEOS plans to conduct a study for collaboration with a local company in Australia to build a supply chain for an affordable and stable supply of C02-free hydrogen (green hydrogen) produced from renewable energy. This will be achieved by utilizing Australia's excellent potential for cost-competitive hydrogen production due to its favorable climate conditions, including wind and sunlight, and expansive land.
Neoen is one of the world's leading independent renewable energy power producers with more than 2 GW of renewable energy generation in operation or under construction in Australia. In South Australia, the company is currently developing two pioneering projects—the Goyder Renewables Zone and Crystal Brook Energy Park. These projects combine wind, solar and battery storage to provide a firm renewable energy power supply—overcoming the limitations of wind or solar only projects.